McCurdy Nets Penalty Kick For Lone Goal of Match
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Sophomore midfielder/back Kelsey McCurdy (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) scored on a penalty kick in the 61st minute to give host Washington College a 1-0 non-conference women's soccer win over visiting Gwynedd Mercy on Sunday afternoon at the Washington College Lower Bermuda Field in the season opener for the Shorewomen. The Shorewomen are now 1-0-0 on the year, while the Griffins fall to 1-1-0. The victory was also the first win for head coach Kerry Smith in her Shorewomen Soccer head coaching debut.
The Shorewomen were awarded the penalty kick when in the upper left corner of the penalty box, Gwynedd Mercy goalkeeper Jess Tadley took down Washington sophomore midfielder Erin Smedley (Highland, Md./River Hill). McCurdy took the kick and placed the shot in the lower left corner for the match's lone score at the 60:46 mark.
The Griffins had two chances to tie the contest on corner kicks at the 70:21 and 74:55 marks, but could not generate a shot off of either corner kick situation and Washington earned the victory.
The Shorewomen held a commanding 18-4 advantage in shots, while the Griffins had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. In goal, WC sophomore goalkeeper Melissa Barry (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) did not have to make a save in recording her sixth career shutout. She is now tied for second in program history in whitewashings with Jennifer Chapman (2001-04), trailing just Tori Ripple (2008-11) who notched seven blankings. Tadley made six saves for the Griffins.
The Shorewomen have now won their season opener in three straight seasons, the longest streak in program history. WC downed Cedar Crest in 2012 (5-0) and Neumann in 2013 (1-0).
Washington travels to Cabrini on Wednesday afternoon for a 4:00 p.m. kickoff.